Isaiah 44:18-28 (Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha)

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18 They don't know or comprehend, for their eyes can't see and their minds can't comprehend. 19 He doesn't think, and has no knowledge or understanding to think: Half of it I burned in the fire, and I baked bread on its coals, and roasted meat and ate. Should I make the rest into something detestable? Should I bow down to a block of wood? 20 He's feeding on ashes; his deluded mind has led him astray. He can't save himself and say, "Isn't this thing in my hand a lie?"

Promises to Jacob and Jerusalem

21 Remember these things, Jacob; Israel, for you are my servant. I formed you; you are my servant! I won't forget you, Israel. 22 I swept away your rebellions like a cloud, and your sins like fog. Return to me, because I have redeemed you. 23 Sing, heavens, for the LORD has acted; shout, depths of the earth! Burst out with a ringing cry, you mountains, forest, and every tree in it. The LORD has redeemed Jacob, and will glorify himself through Israel. 24 The LORD your redeemer who formed you in the womb says: I am the LORD, the maker of all, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, 25 who frustrates the omens of diviners and makes a mockery of magicians, who turns back the wise and turns their knowledge into folly. 26 But who confirms the word of mya servant, and fulfills the predictions of my messengers who say about Jerusalem, "It will be resettled"; and who say about the cities of Judah, "They will be rebuilt, and I will restore their ruins"; 27 who say to the ocean depths, "Dry up; I will dry your streams"; 28 who say about Cyrus, "My shepherd— he will do all that I want"; who say about Jerusalem, "She will be rebuilt"; and who say about the temple, "You will be founded once again."
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